Spring Philosophical Forum: “Death in Hip-Hop: An Existential Analysis” by Dr. Brandon Hogan

Dr. Brandon Hogan to Speak on Death in Hip-Hop at FSU’s Spring Philosophical Forum

FSU’s Philosophy Department will host its Spring Philosophical Forum on “Death in Hip-Hop: An Existential Analysis,” presented by Dr. Brandon Hogan on Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in room 397 of FSU’s Gira Center.

In this presentation, Hogan, an assistant professor of philosophy at Howard University, will bring hip-hop artists into conversation with academic philosophers on the topic of death. Hip-hop is filled with thoughtful meditations on death, e.g., the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” and “Life After Death” albums. “Biggie” viewed death as an escape from of a life plagued by a struggle that gives rise to misery and low self-esteem.

Philosophers have also thought deeply about death. Thomas Nagel, for instance, believes that death is a distinct harm in that it deprives people of what they could have had or could have been.

However, academic philosophical discussions of death largely ignore the perspectives of hip-hop artists. In this talk, Hogan corrects this oversight. He will discuss arguments about death from Epicurus, Nagel and Martin Heidegger, offering insights and criticisms from Nas, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, among others.

The event is co-sponsored by the African-American Studies Program, the Honors Program, FSU’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Black Student Alliance.

For more information, contact Dr. Skott Brill, chair of FSU’s Philosophy Department, at 301-687-4249 or sbrill@frostburg.edu.

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00pm

Gira Center room 397

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